He returned to league with Bradford Bulls before finishing his playing career with Warrington Wolves. Before moving to Australia, he played rugby union at Llandrillo College where he studied his BTEC in Sport Development and Fitness then at Cardiff Met where he achieved his BSc in Sport and Physical Education. Jenkins is hugely respected by the players and is often praised for his man- management . General Enquiries: info@walesrugbyleague.co.uk, Media Enquiries:media@walesrugbyleague.co.uk, Website Enquiries:ian.golden@walesrugbyleague.co.uk, Kirstoff Young appointed as referee for England v France, English clubs to join Welsh Invitational Wheelchair League, Cardiff Demons ready for the Womens Challenge Cup, Wales announce 37-strong Womens train-on squad, Alan Caron returns as head coach of Wales Wheelchair Rugby League, Wales Dragonhearts release train-on squad for England Lions game. Wales have named Mike Hill as their new women's assistant coach and Adam Thomas as a part-time skills coach. She also works within a sports physiotherapy private practice in Leeds. Wales assistant coach Stephen Jones admits he would like to have seen his side score more tries in the 2022 Six Nations. Last summer, he travelled to Argentina to work with the Wales under-20s side at the World Rugby U20 Championship - where Wales pulled off a victory over New Zealand. Part of my reasoning for taking the job was to give this programme the same attention and environmental feel as we had in last years World Cup, given especially that the student programme didnt run in 2022, so it was imperative to me that when I was considered that this was something I had to put in place. Wales women's interim coaching team will stay in place for the 2022 Rugby World Cup, the Welsh Rugby Union has confirmed. Craig Everett in terms of coaching would be considered inexperienced but he is coming in to do defence which is a massive role. Wales will also have a new training base at Principality Stadium, moving across from the Vale of Glamorgan. The former Fiji coach moved to Wales to coach the Scarlets in 2014, later becoming head coach and leading them to the PRO14 title in 2017. Photographing every game will be Ian Lovell. As always you can unsubscribe at any time. That's just what we have to have in our armoury. Byron Hayward will have Craig Everett, Shaun Connor and Richard Kelly as his assistant coaches. Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach. "I think we will be able to announce something on that in the next two or three weeks.". I know Rich has coached at the Scarlets but hes still relatively young at 34, young in terms of coaching and experience but he has a wealth of knowledge, particularly at the set-piece which is what he is doing with us, and especially the lineout area which was his forte when he played so he brings a lot of experience from a playing perspective. Shaun has obviously got a lot of experience coaching PRO14 and international rugby with Russia, so he adds a massive amount of experience but its also about giving opportunities to up and coming coaches. He will double up as a second attack coach alongside Stephen Jones, with Pivac believing the more specialist coaches the better. Graeme Gillespie Published 2:25 pm 25th Jan 2022 News Wales have confirmed the coaching staff for the forthcoming U20s Six Nations campaign. Neil Kelly. Wales kick-off their Championship against Ireland at Musgrave Park on Friday February 4. The 2020 Six Nations is well underway, and it's Wayne Pivac's first competitive campaign in charge. Forshaw was appointed as Sale defence coach in 2013 after an illustrious career as a player in rugby league. "What I am happy with is the boys' effort and attitude in the week. Wales open their Six Nations campaign against Ireland on 4 February in Cardiff. Ioan Cunningham will remain in charge and be assisted by Geraint Lewis, Richard Whiffin and Sophie Spence. Telephone: 02920 822 000 News. Wales Rugby League are pleased to confirm their coaching and backroom staff for the forthcoming Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup. Dragons Academy coach Shaun Connor will lead on the breakdown while Cardiff Pathway coach Craig Everett heads up the defence. Wales Women head coach Ioan Cunningham has named a training squad of 42 players for this weekend's camp. "I would say for 30-35 minutes in the second half, I would say we were in a real good place.". King left to join French side Clermont in 2007, where he moved into coaching before joining Northampton in 2013. Im really happy in what he is doing, hes got the characteristics you need as a coach, a very high work ethic and a real desire to improve the players. Also during his time down under, he was head of strength and conditioning at North Beach Sea Eagles, and was a strength and conditioning coach with the Australia Lacrosse Association and at West Perth Australian Rules Football Club. Sale have conceded only 26 tries in the Gallagher Premiership this season, the lowest of any side in the division. His first term as Waless coach lasted 12 years and 124 Tests, in which time the team won three grand slams, as well as another Six Nations title, and finished fourth at the 2011 and 2019 World Cups. The skills he learned have gone on to serve him well in his 20 years as a rugby coach, offering him a bracing philosophy on the pressures of the Wales job, too. He has been part of the Scarlets coaching system since 2015. Dragons have today announced the appointment of Dai Flanagan as the club's new Head Coach. 27 April 2023 Rugby Union Dave Walder worked at Newcastle in a variety of coaching roles before succeeding Dean Richards as Falcons' director of rugby in 2022 Bristol Bears have appointed. My backroom team in David, Jon and Lee have all bought in, and we expect the players to and thrive in it. Facebook; Richard Whiffin will become attack coach as part of Glenn Delaney's team. A footballing whirlwind in the eye of a tabloid storm Look at the actions taken as the Third Reich faces collapse in the final weeks of World War II. Cardiff pathway coach Everett joins as defensive . "Having carefully studied all the options, we feel putting our confidence in these coaches for the next 12 months is the best possible solution available to us at this time, both in terms of their coaching pedigree, the cohesion of the group and the much-needed stability they bring to the roles.". Following a successful career with Cardiff and Bath, he has put together a formidable coaching CV, having joined Wales. Here's a look at Pivac's coaching team in full, with a few familiar faces taking on exciting, new roles, too. Gatland handed contract through to 2027 World Cup, We have acted in very best interests of national team. Position. Byron [Hayward] is doing the defensive structures, Im not interfering with that. Im really happy in what he is doing, hes got the characteristics you need as a coach, a very high work ethic and a real desire to improve the players. Hopefully, I can help him out in that area with my past experiences and he is doing a great job in fairness. A keen supporter of rugby league in general, Mark also volunteers for Crusaders first-team and travels around the world watching Wales senior international team, reporting for Forty20 Magazine on the Papua New Guinea v Wales World Cup match in Port Moresby in 2017. Principality Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1NS. The centre has been used by the Wales squad this weekend for their first training camp since the announcement of the autumn squad. "George has been out injured, and we've picked up injuries," said Jones. Wales Rugby League are pleased to confirm their coaching and backroom staff for the forthcoming Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup. Fri 25 Feb England U20 v Wales U20 Castle Park 7pm The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has also named George Morgan as a nutritionist for Wales women as well as their male pathway programmes. Wales boss Wayne Pivac took charge of his first full-blooded Test match in the Six Nations opener on February 1, when Wales produced a stunning performance to win 42-0 against Italy, but they have since lost to both Ireland and France. The former Scarlets backs coach, of course, linked up with Wales during the 2019 Rugby World Cup due to Rob Howley's sudden exit over betting regulation breaches, so he has spent some time with old regime, too. Here is the list of players of Wales for the 2022/2023 season with heights, weights, birthdate, ages, contract length. Once dubbed one of rugby's 24-carat good guys, he is friendly, approachable and hard-working: as a player he squeezed every last drop out of his talent and as a coach he urges those in his charge to express themselves. Craig Everett in terms of coaching would be considered inexperienced but he is coming in to do defence which is a massive role. "I'd like to thank Sale Sharks for their co-operation in the process and allowing Mike to take up this position with Wales. 10. The move is part of the WRU's promise to right the wrongs of the past which have seen the women's side suffer on and off the pitch in the past few years. Kick-off is 2pm and entry is free of charge. He said he was very much looking forward to returning to Wales. Wales squad for 2022/2023. Welsh Rugby Union. Jenkins also brings continuity from the regime of Gatland, as does fitness chief Stridgeon. King will return to the attack coach role he held temporarily in 2017 when Gatland was with the British and Irish Lions. Yes, but we are working hard to make sure our attacking game is potent. She plays netball and has started getting into yoga. Under-16 coaching teams announced ahead of RAG Championship return. "I spoke to him on the phone and I can't wait to start working with him and getting to know him personally too. Gatland has huge respect for the former Wales outside-half who was part of his back-room staff for 12 years. Would I like to have crossed for more tries at this point in the campaign? Wales Coaching Record. Wales have crossed only five times in four games ahead Saturday's tournament finale against Italy in Cardiff. Wales Students are one of our oldest international sides having run since 1984 and have competed in eight World Cups. "In addition to the coaching team, the programme will benefit from expert support in areas including strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, medicine, nutrition and performance analysis. As one of the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup chaplains, he will be on site at all locations. Neil Jenkins. Morgan joins the WRU after a decade at Saracens. McArdle (above), 34, turned out for Conwy Celts last season after recently moving back to Wales from Western Australia. Wales Rugby League have announced this coaching staff for the 2023 Wales Students side, which is being resurrected for the first time since the Covid pandemic, ahead of Wales hosting the Four Nations on June 10-17 this year. I just thought it might be a bit of a jolly and go on a couple of recees here and there, but I have learned quickly there is far more than that. Wigan-born Forshaw worked with Warrington and Wigan in Super League and had previously spent three years coaching with Connacht, helping the Irish province make their Heineken Cup debut in 2011. Previously, he held positions as head of rugby, head of sport and director of sport at some of the countrys best independent schools. The 42-year old has previously also been involved in the coaching set-ups with North Wales Origin and Wales Dragonhearts. Assistant Coach - Skills. Cheika will have the support of Argentine captains's from past Rugby World Cups and Rugby Championships. "Nutrition is the underpinning of physical performance work, providing the fuel for players to go and perform. 'There are forces out there that you can't yet understand': Watch the long-awaited final series of His Dark Materials on BBC iPlayer. Something went wrong, please try again later. Hopefully, I can help him out in that area with my past experiences and he is doing a great job in fairness. Dr Richard Porter has been appointed as Team Doctor for both Wales and France at the Wheelchair World Cup. Wales head coach Ioan Cunningham said Hill "has the technical and tactical knowledge and coaching ability to deliver key scrum and line-out detail". Wales forwards coach Humphreys is a former hooker who captained Wales, making 35 appearances in the red jersey. I want to get these lads defending with real energy and I want them to be excited about their defensive work. 2001-2003. In a statement released by the WRU, Pivac said he was sad to stand down but conceded his teams results had been inconsistent. With just a month to go until the under-16 Regional Age Grade Championship returns, Cardiff Rugby have confirmed their coaching staff for the North and South outfits for the upcoming campaign. In 2014, he was appointed assistant coach of both Crusaders and Wales and was elevated to head coach of both within three years. Sarah De Mello is the new Wales physiotherapist. He has managed and supported over 20 different sports in schools throughout his career and holds a degree in Sports Studies, Heath and Exercise, a National Diploma in Sports Development and Coaching, a National Diploma in Sports Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Wales, and a Masters in Education with Leadership. "It is a very exciting time for women's rugby in Wales with the magnificent performance and result last Saturday building on the progress made on and off the field over the last six months," the union's performance director added. 12th Apr 2022. Despite that, recent results have led to them dropping to ninth in the world rankings. Head coach Warren Gatland has appointed Alex King and Mike Forshaw to replace Stephen Jones and Gethin Jenkins in Wales' backroom staff. Cunningham brings plenty of experience from his time as Wales Under-20 coach and at Scarlets, where Whiffin was an attack coach. "As a coach, you always everyone available for selection, but through bumps and bruises, sometimes your hand gets forced.". "I can't wait to meet the players and start working with a really talented squad. Two years ago he was part of the Cardiff Blues coaching team which won the U18 regional crown for the first time in four years. That tally is in stark contrast to the record 20 tries scored in last year's competition by Wayne Pivac's Six Nations-winning side. Stephen Jones remains as head coach. Im very happy with the coaching group we have now got, said Hayward. "We are delighted that both Jonathan and Neil will stay on and be a part of Warren's new team," WRU CEO Steve Phillips said. "With the Women's Six Nations and then the World Cup later in the year, these are two of the biggest competitions I've been involved in.". Wales Under-20s head coach Byron Hayward will be assisted by coaches Shaun Connor, Craig Everett and Richard Kelly for the Under-20s Six Nations. Scarlets can confirm their new coaching team with Richard Kelly promoted to Forwards coach from the Academy and former All Blacks prop Ben Franks appointed as scrum coach. Outside of work, she enjoys keeping fit. Phillips promised the appointment is no quick fix, nor sticking plaster but part of our long-term planning for the game in Wales. Ioan Cunningham will remain in charge and be assisted by Geraint. Hot on the heels of guiding his Loughborough Students side to a home win over Cardiff Met that knocked the Archers off the top of the BUCS Super Rugby table, Scott Sneddon has returned home to Wales to take up the position Transition and Academy Head Coach at the Scarlets. Just two weeks after it was confirmed that current South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber will join Leinster after the Rugby World Cup this year, four members of his backroom staff have renewed their contracts until 2027. Head Coach. If we nail our environment and processes, theres no reason why we cant go all the way in this years Four Nations tournament.. Ultimately we are in the results business and we have agreed with Wayne that the current trajectory for Wales is not where we want it to be.. Fri 11 Feb Wales U20 v Scotland U20 Parc Eirias 8pm . Wales have had four different centre partnerships in the tournament, so have been short of midfield familiarity. Watch live on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and online from 13:45 GMT; listen on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru; text commentary on BBC Sport website and app. Apart from having a year out between 2012-13, he has performed this role ever since. "It is being played in the best stadium in the world, the weather looks good, so hopefully it's going to be a great day.". 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